We are very much a travel family. This year we have been on a road trip around Northern Europe, are off to Italy for a few days next month and we are now planning a backpacking trip around Asia for next year. Our love for family travel started in the very beautiful, volcanic Spanish island…Tenerife!
We visited Tenerife when Bear was only 6 months old. We were so anxious about the flight and were very conscious of the amount of side glances and tuts we got as we walked down the aisle and made our way to our seats. Despite working ourselves up, Bear was an absolute dream on the flights and the journey there and back was more than enjoyable.
We didn’t want to pressure ourselves too much when we got to Tenerife because we wanted a nice relaxing holiday, but we couldn’t stay put for too long and did head out to explore the local town, beaches and attractions. Tenerife has a very unusual coastline because it has a mixture of white and black sandy beaches. We really wanted to see the black sandy beaches and this was a huge factor in deciding what region we decided to visit. The black sand is due to the erosion of the volcanic coastline and the result is just breathtaking.
Whenever we go anywhere we like exploring the towns and suburbs of the area we are staying. It is nice to take a stroll, take in the different architecture and see how the locals live. I always find it fascinating hearing different languages and watching the local customs. We found ourselves wandering through a really nice area, lined with very large houses, which then led onto a beautiful cliff side with the most spectacular views. We took a different route back to the hotel and ventured through the tourist district, where we stopped for a fruit and ice cream Sundae.
During our stay in Tenerife we visited Loro Parque, which is one of Tenerife’s biggest attractions. Loro Parque is a visually stunning place to visit, with a range of different enclosures and pathways lines with exotic trees and plants. We absolutely loved going through the penguin enclosure which had different sections for different breeds of penguin. For the penguins from colder climates there was a constant stream of snow falling, it was amazing and Bear was fascinated by it.
I really disagree with orcas being kept in captivity and Loro Parque do have captive orcas. We wanted to see for ourselves what the conditions were like and walked on the outskirts of the pool as other people were leaving a show. We were incredibly saddened to see the large red cuts and sores on the orcas face. For this reason alone, if we ever return to Tenerife we will not be visiting Loro Parque again.
We loved our Tenerife holiday, it was such a wonderful place to visit and was very easy to explore with a little one in tow. Tenerife is somewhere we would like to return to when the boys are a bit older. There are so many different things to do from whale watching to paragliding and it would be nice to explore different parts of the island and do some of the hiking through the old and enchanting forests situated on the island. It was the perfect place to spark our love for travel.
*Note: This is a collaborative post.